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Rhode Island Prisoner Charged with Picking Up Prostitute

April 16, 2002

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Rhode Island Prisoner Charged with Picking Up Prostitute

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An employee of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation recently allowed a state prisoner who was supposedly on work detail, to pick up a prostitute and have sex with her in a state-owned van, police said.

The employee, William Roche, 43, drove them to a secluded location and got out of the car before the sex act took place, according to Lt. Steven A. Casbarro.

Roche has not been charged with any crime. He was arrested, taken to Central Station, then released pending investigation, Casbarro said.

An Economic Development Corporation official whom police notified of the incident could not be reached last night.

At 12:50 p.m., undercover detectives allegedly found Carlos Martinez, a minimum-security inmate at the state prison, with Krista Wilson, 24, in the rear of the van, the police said.

At the time, the white Dodge van was parked in an alley at Dexter and Westfield Streets, The Providence Journal reported.

Martinez, who is assigned to a work detail at Quonset Point, is charged with soliciting from a motor vehicle.

Wilson is charged with loitering for indecent purposes.

They were to be arraigned Friday in District Court in Providence.

Martinez began serving a one-year sentence for breaking and entering last October, said prison spokesman Al Bucci.

He is picked up at the prison five days a week, Bucci said, and brought to Quonset Point.

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